SocialText license discussion--call for closure of arguments

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Sun Jan 21 01:14:28 UTC 2007

Rick Moen wrote:
> Notice that the GAP text (above) doesn't actually place any limit on the 
> intrusiveness of the "display":  It must be of "the same size".  If
> that's a corporate logo in 500 point type, then all derivative works
> must include it unchanged.
> I submit that that clause as stated -- making allowance for the mangled
> English -- _does_ greatly impair commercial use for downstream users,
> for that reason alone.

It simply impairs all derivative work, and thus doesn't fully comply
with OSD #3

> It would be interesting to see a rewrite of GAP -- perhaps one in whole
> declarative sentences -- that more arguably doesn't impair commercial
> use.  (There's nothing _inherently_ wrong with the idea of a mandatory 
> advertising clause, per se.)

AAL's language, made gramatically correct and with an exception for
works without an interface, would be interesting.

Matthew Flaschen

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